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I love crossovers, like a lot. I love smooshing of my favorite shows and characters together, and see how they'd react.

It's like watching dominos fall except I don't know the outcome! Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Although reading crossovers is more fun that way!

One of my least favorite things about crossovers is how the characters suddenly become out of character, or you have a sneaking suspicion the only reason why they wrote the crossover is to show how superior the characters from the other show is. There is no equal amount of awesome going around.

Also, there are just some shows that are easy to be... as they used to say, the black dress of crossovers i.e., Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, the Stargate franchise, and it's not limited to sci-fi/fantasy, I've seen Criminal Minds in a lot of crossovers.

And, I love reading people react to Buffy, the SG teams, the Criminal Minds team or the Criminal Minds team reacting to the other characters in a different show.

Date: 2017-01-21 04:43 am (UTC)
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or you have a sneaking suspicion the only reason why they wrote the crossover is to show how superior the characters from the other show is.

I think a major cause of this is balancing the reveals. If you've got one fantastical canon (e.g. Buffy) and one mundane (Criminal Minds) you have to very carefully balance the mundane characters coming to work with the fantastical elements with their reasonable disbelief in the supernatural. Do it too fast, and the mundane canon characters look like credulous idiots. Do it too slow, and they look like ignorant idiots. This is one reason why I like fusions, where, for example, there is some awareness of vampires or witches in the mundane canon even if the characters haven't personally dealt with those aspects.

Date: 2017-01-21 05:49 am (UTC)
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Yes! The best bit of crossovers is the unexpected stuff that pops up, especially if you're the one writing it. I love striking new dynamics and realising that certain characters have connections you never would have seen otherwise.

Criminal Minds just *works* for crossovers, it's that really solid foundation and a good ensemble that clicks with lots of characters.

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